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Qualitative Research Methods for Mobilities Studies

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3/06/2010

EUROQUAL is a four year programme sponsored by the European Science Foundation which provides support for high‐level international workshops, to share and develop methodological expertise in qualitative social science research throughout Europe (for further details please visit the EUROQUAL website at http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/socsi/euroqual) Organised as part of the EUROQUAL programme, the one-day workshop on ‘Qualitative Research Methods for Mobilities Studies’ on 6th June 2010 in Neuchatel, Switzerland aims to complement the International Seminar on "Mobile Constitutions of Society" on 7‐8 June 2010 oragnised by MOVE (The Swiss Network for Mobility Studies (for further detail about MOVE please visit http://move‐nework.ch/). The EUROQUAL workshop will focus on methodological innovations in mobilty studies and discuss the challenges of using qualitative methods in this emerging interdisciplinary field of studies. Issues of movement -of people, things, information and ideas– have become increasingly central to people s lives in contemporary societies across the globe. From transnational movement of natural resources to teleworking, from infrastructure expansion controversies to forced displacement within nation-states, from trafficking to global terrorism, issues of ‘mobility in the sense of movement imbued with social meaning are today centre-stage in many academic and policy agendas. In social life as well as in social theory these mobilities, their nature and effects remain highly contested. With John Urry we can speak of a ‘new mobilities paradigm for the social sciences, which brings together and makes comprehensible social phenomena, which were previously considered disparate or opaque. How new are these mobilties or what is new about them? How is place and space reconstituted in the process? What do these mobilities imply for new gradients of power and geographies of social inequalities? How does the mobilites paradigm interact with ideas of circulation, exchange and entanglement that characterize current discussions of transnationalization processes and multiple modernities in many social science disciplines? The one day EUROQUAL workshop will focus on qualitative methods used in the study of various material and immaterial forms of mobility and their implications for the understanding of contemporary society. How do we study mobility as a social form and its centrality in shaping different arenas of social life in different societies? How can we account for immobile forces that enable or constrain different mobilities? How can we research the particularities of the co-constitution of mobility and society? We invite proposals from graduate students whose research focuses on one of the three broad thematic areas outlined below: A. The mobility of norms and forms of bioscientific knowledge, population‐health care policies, medical technologies and practices. How are the global movements of biomedical technologies reconfiguring bodies, social relations, the state and public‐private assemblages in the delivery of health care? B. The mobility of models of urban built forms. How do global movements of ideas and practices of urban spatial, physical design, and planning shape, and are in turn shaped by, “local” contexts? C. The mobility of norms and regulatory mechanisms as they relate to migration, human trafficking, the state, or built environments. How are vastly increased flows of commodities, people, capital, technologies, images and/or knowledge promoted, monitored, controlled,constrained, and regulated? What are the transforming effects of rapid globalization on the relationship between built environments and people’s daily mobility? What are the various instances of opposition to, and mobilization against, mobilities across time and space?

Event (Conference)

TitleQualitative Research Methods for Mobilities Studies
Date6/05/106/05/10
CityNeuchatel
CountrySwitzerland